19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Catrina #4

Every year on November 2 is celebrated "the day of the dead" in the lake region of the state of Michoacan in Mexico. Here is one of the best places in Mexico to live this ancient tradition of pre-Hispanic origins. The dead that comes back that night to the cemeteries is happy to share the meals and drink Mezcal with the living. One of those days I met this grandmother who cleaned the church there. The conversation was about his work and his hurry to finish early because he had to prepare drinks for his deceased.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: capula, Mexico
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © René Serrano Rodríguez